The announcement of a new Judge Dredd TV series, Judge Dredd: Mega-City One, is both good and bad news for fans. Good for those who want to see more of the law enforcement officer, but bad for those who were hoping for a sequel to 2012’s Dredd starring Karl Urban.
Yesterday news broke that independent studio IM Global and game developer Rebellion are currently working on a series titled Judge Dredd: Mega-City One. This, of course, means the death of Karl Urban’s Dredd, which only grossed $35 million worldwide but went on to be a favourite amongst fans. However, the series will focus on more than one judge as they attempt to clean up the crime-ridden streets of the world’s first “megalopolis”. So it’s possible that Urban could return.
IM Global Television president Mark Stern released a statement about the development of the upcoming series:
“This is one of those seminal sci-fi properties that seems to only become and more relevant with age. Not only is it a rich world with biting social commentary, but it’s also fun as hell! As a fan of the comics and both films, it’s a dream come true to be able to work with Jason and Chris in adapting this for television.”
Rebellion’s Jason Kingsley and Chris Kingsley also commented on Judge Dredd: Mega-City One:
“We’re very excited to be beginning the journey to get more of Judge Dredd’s Mega-City One on the television screen. Thanks to the legions of fans who have kept up pressure on social media, and a lot of background work and enthusiasm, we aim to make a big budget production that will satisfy both our vast comics audience and the even greater general screen-watching public.”
— 2000 AD (@2000AD) May 10, 2017